When Dreams Come True - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

A generally accepted tenet of the American dream is that a high-quality education is a birthright. Quality education, however, takes on new meaning among socioeconomic classes, often leaving gifted black and Latino students behind the educational eight ball.

Suppose things were different. What if we really did leave no child behind? In 1978, a Bronx, New York, public school teacher named Gary Simons answered that question by starting Prep for Prep, a program that prepares talented students for the academic rigors of the top private schools in the Northeast.

In Be the Dream: Prep for Prep Graduates Share Their Stories (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; $12.95), some of Prep for Prep’s alumni—now doctors, investment bankers, college professors, and attorneys—share their journeys of inspiration and transformation with Simons. Be the Dream reminds us of what is possible for our children, and will motivate us to help them make their dreams a reality.

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.

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